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Your First Look At An Unlikely Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor Is... Surprisingly Effective

By TK Burton | Industry | March 25, 2015 |

By TK Burton | Industry | March 25, 2015 |

I’m kidding, that header is just a shitty Photoshop job I found floating around the internet. Here’s the real deal, which will be in the next Entertainment Weekly. (via The Verge):


Huh. OK, I have to admit it… it kind of works, doesn’t it?


Eisenberg is a capable enough actor, I suppose, but I’m pretty sure 90% of readers were skeptical of his casting if for no reason other than his age, his penchant for a stammering, rapid-fire patois, and just… well, he just seemed such an odd choice. But who knows. Maybe he’ll nail it.


But then again, I think we all know that casting isn’t going to be what ruins this movie. Director Zack Snyder is. The casting has been fine, occasionally even terrific. But Snyder, man. While I didn’t dislike the oft-maligned Man Of Steel, he missed a lot of opportunities with it, and it was just so depressingly, relentlessly glum. His films are in dire need of a sense of life, of humor, of… substance. Snyder has assembled a solid list of talents to portray some of the most iconic characters in the history of fiction, and there’s a solid chance that he’ll direct them right into the ground.

But hey, Eisenberg looks good. I mean, my favorite non-animated Luthor remains Kevin Spacey in Superman Returns — a deeply flawed film but an excellent performance (and no, I while I love the ‘78 Donner film, Hackman’s pseudo-bumbling con-man/genius was not really what I want in a Lex Luthor). So I’ll give him a shot, even if I still don’t have much faith in the larger project.

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